Franchise Update Media
Franchise Update Media Digital
Conferences Education Videos Subscribe

RSS Subscribe
Travel Franchise Industry News & Announcements brings you the latest in Travel franchising news from around the web. As one of the most trusted news sources for the Travel franchise industry, streams hundreds of the latest news directly to your desktop.

IHG Opens First EVEN™ Hotels Property »

June 19, 2014 at 6:46AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

June 19, 2014 // // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announces the opening of its first EVEN™ Hotels property in Norwalk, Connecticut. Launched in 2012 and based in the US, EVEN Hotels is IHG’s newest lifestyle and wellness hotel brand. It is designed to meet the large and growing demand for wellness-minded travellers to maintain their balance on the road.
The brand was developed as part of IHG’s extensive and industry-leading consumer insight and segmentation work. This has equipped IHG with a deep understanding of guest needs and the occasions they travel for allowing us to identify further opportunities for growth. It also reflects IHG’s commitment to innovation to ensure the ever changing needs of our guests are met...

Sheraton Selects Turns Spotlight On Riesling This Summer »

June 19, 2014 at 5:45AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

Starwood's Largest Brand Announces Sheraton Selects Spotlight Wine Program to Highlight Trending Varietals across North America
NEW YORK - June 19, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sheraton Hotels & Resorts today announced the launch of Sheraton Selects Spotlight on Riesling to celebrate the varietal across North America beginning this July through September 20, 2014. As part of the growing popularity and seasonality of the Riesling grape, participating Sheraton properties will create a slate of programming to feature carefully chosen Sheraton Selects Riesling wines, including wine flights, food pairings, guided tastings and more. The new program comes one year after the successful global rollout of Sheraton Social Hour to more than 400 Sheraton hotels in 2013, which offers guests a specially curated menu of premium wines and weekly tastings...

Hilton Cabana Miami Beach Debuts As Miami Beach’s Newest Property »

June 19, 2014 at 5:40AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

A Brand New, Ultra-Modern Oceanfront Hotel Located on Collins Avenue to Offer Resort Amenities and Upscale Accommodations
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. & MCLEAN, Va. - June 19, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Miami Beach's newest Hilton Hotels & Resorts property, Hilton Cabana Miami Beach will proudly debut in the heart of Miami Beach in Summer 2014. Located at 6261 Collins Avenue at 62nd Street, this contemporary, full-service hotel will feature 231 all-new guest rooms and is set within the quickly emerging sub-market known as "Millionaire's Row," that is filled with restaurants, nightlife, entertainment and shopping. This brand new, oceanfront hotel is located only minutes from South Beach, Bal Harbour, Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive, Aventura Mall, the Design District and South Florida's best attractions, while just 13 miles north of Miami International Airport and 19 miles south of Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport...

Hyatt Announces Plans For Hyatt Regency Bloomington Central Station »

June 18, 2014 at 10:43AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

CHICAGO - June 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with an affiliate of McGough Development for a Hyatt Regency hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota. Hyatt Regency Bloomington Central Station is expected to open in early 2016 and will be managed by Aimbridge Hospitality.
The 302-room Hyatt Regency Bloomington Central Station hotel is the centerpiece of Bloomington Central Station, a transit-oriented, mixed-use urban village. The development will also include residential, retail and Class A office components. The Bloomington Central Station will be connected via light rail to the Mall of America and its numerous shopping and entertainment attractions, both airport terminals at Minneapolis-St...

The 2014 American Business Stevie Awards Announces Renters Warehouse As Winners »

June 18, 2014 at 9:16AM PDT | Source: Renters Warehouse®

Winners of Two Gold Awards and Three Silver Awards
Minnetonka, MN (PRWEB) June 18, 2014 - Renters Warehouse won the Gold Stevie Award for Executive of the Year in Real Estate as founder and chairman of the board, Brenton Hayden was recognized for his accomplishments with the Minnesota based company. The team was also recognized as Gold Award winners for the Business Innovation of the Year in Consumer Services Industries for the application of their proprietary digital marketing and CRM platform, RentFeeder™. Renters Warehouse also took home three Silver Stevie Awards for Company of the Year in Real Estate, Most Innovative Company of the Year and Fastest-Growing Company of the Year.
The American Business Awards are the nation's premier business awards program...

Red Lion Hotels Expands Franchise Development Team »

June 18, 2014 at 6:34AM PDT | Source: Red Lion Hotels

SPOKANE, Wash. - June 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE:RLH) announced the company has added two industry experts, Phil Lovas and Mike Castro, as Regional Vice Presidents of Lodging Development. The addition of Lovas and Castro further enhances the Franchise Development team as the company accelerates its plan to expand nationally.
"Both Phil and Mike have made an impressive impact on franchising in the hospitality industry," said Brian Quinn, Senior Vice President & Chief Franchise Officer for Red Lion Hotels Corporation. "We are confident that with their industry reach, they will be successful in advancing our national growth goals."
Phil Lovas has more than a decade of experience in the hospitality industry...

Choice Hotels International Honors Meyer Jabara Hotels »

June 18, 2014 at 5:35AM PDT | Source: Choice Hotels

Hotel Development Company Wins Prestigious Premier Developer Award
ROCKVILLE, Md. - June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's leading hotel companies, named Meyer Jabara Hotels the winner of its 2014 Premier Developer Award, recognizing the firm's commitment to the highest levels of excellence in hotel development and its proven track record as an outstanding partner to Choice Hotels. This distinction was announced recently at the 60th annual Choice Hotels International Convention in Las Vegas.
"We are humbled and honored to receive this recognition. Four decades ago, Bill Meyer and I first went into business with one hotel. Now, as Meyer Jabara Hotels, we own and operate dozens of hotels accounting for more than 4,300 rooms across the eastern part of the United States...

Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Celebrates Topping Out & Appoints Leadership »

June 17, 2014 at 10:29AM PDT | Source: Embassy Suites

Upscale, All Suites Hotel Scheduled for Early 2015 Opening
June 17, 2014 // // MCLEAN, Va. - Embassy Suites Hotels, the upscale, all-suites hotel brand, announced today the "topping out" of Embassy Suites Oklahoma City, signifying that the project has reached its maximum height and the structural framework is complete. Managed by Prism Hotels & Resorts, the 195-suite, six-story hotel is being built at 741 N. Phillips Avenue, near downtown Oklahoma City. Construction began in July 2013 and the hotel is scheduled to open by early 2015. In addition to its topping out, the property has also announced the hotel's management team.
"We're pleased to partner once again with Prism Hotels to bring another great Embassy Suites property to Oklahoma City, adding to Prism's portfolio of more than 20 Hilton Worldwide properties," said John Rogers, global head of Embassy Suites Hotels...

Choice Hotels And Steve Harvey Partner Again To Mentor Youth »

June 17, 2014 at 7:27AM PDT | Source: Choice Hotels

ROCKVILLE, Md. - June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - For the sixth straight year, Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) partnered with the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation for the Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp for Young Men. The annual camp, scheduled around Father's Day Weekend, targets 100 at-risk youth who largely come from homes without regular father figures.
As the Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp for Young Men's largest in-kind donor and one of the founding sponsors, Choice Hotels President and CEO Stephen P. Joyce joined celebrity entertainer Steve Harvey in teaching the teens, ages 13 to 17, about maturing into responsible young men.
They even spent a few hours relaxing with rods and reels while discussing how to reach for the corner office...

Value Place Recognized By Forbes As The Top Hotel Franchise In America »

June 16, 2014 at 9:45AM PDT | Source: Value Place

Nation's Largest Economy, Extended-Stay Brand Ranked on Forbes' Best Franchises in America List
WICHITA, Kan. - June 16, 2014  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Value Place, the largest economy, extended-stay hotel brand in the U.S., has been recognized by Forbes as one of 2014's Best Franchises in America, receiving the highest marks of any hotel brand in the $500,001 and over initial investment category. The company ranked number six in the category's annual listing based on its strong 12 percent growth from 2008 to 2012 and its 99 percent continuity rating over the same period—a measure of its consistent track record as an operator of affordable, clean, safe extended-stay hotels.
"At Value Place, our franchisees have always been central to our success, and together we've been able to grow the brand exponentially as demand for economy, extended-stay hotels has increased steadily across the country," added Value Place COO Kyle Rogg...

Wyndham Worldwide Ranks 31 In Newsweek Magazine's Greenest Companies Survey »

June 16, 2014 at 8:39AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

June 16, 2014 // // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Once again Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, was recognized for its sustainability best practices, and was ranked among the greenest companies in the U.S. by Newsweek Magazine, one of the foremost corporate environmental rankings.
Ranked among the top 50 greenest companies in the U.S., Wyndham Worldwide was evaluated on a number of criteria including its environmental footprint and management, environmental policies, programs and initiatives.
"Our inclusion in the rankings is a great reflection of our commitment to our core values, and is the result of tremendous collaboration and innovation by our associates, franchisees, suppliers, business and community partners," said Stephen P...

Le Méridien Reinvents The Éclair In Partnership With Acclaimed Pastry Chef And Newest LM100™ Member Johnny Iuzzini »

June 16, 2014 at 6:56AM PDT | Source: Le Meridien

Paris-Born Hospitality Brand Appoints Iuzzini to Create Seasonal Éclair Recipes Inspired by Global Tour of Le Méridien Destinations
NEW YORK - June 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - In anticipation of National Chocolate Éclair Day (June 22), Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts today announced the launch of its first-ever global éclair program in partnership with award-winning pastry chef and new LM100 member Johnny Iuzzini. As part of the brand's new culinary program, Le Méridien hotels and resorts worldwide will offer guests the opportunity to indulge in a variety of modern twists on the chic Parisian treat, including both classic flavours as well as unique creations inspired by the destination. In addition, Chef Iuzzini will create eight seasonal éclair recipes for the hotels, inspired by his travels through various Le Méridien destinations...

First Hyatt Place In Washington, DC Opens This Month »

June 16, 2014 at 5:52AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

Chicago (PRWEB) June 16, 2014 - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Crescent Hotels and Resorts are pleased to announce the opening of Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol, the first Hyatt Place in Washington, DC. The hotel is located within three blocks of the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro station (Red Line) and north of the U.S. Capitol, the Smithsonian Institution, Union Station, the White House and Washington DC Convention Center.
"Washington, DC is a large and vibrant city, filled with restaurants, museums, theaters and entertainment attractions. Our 14-story hotel is located in the northern portion of the NoMa district of Washington, DC, DC’s fastest developing neighborhood, with a vibrant mixed-use development that sits just north of, and in view of, the Capitol Building," said Stacy Smith, General Manager...

EY Announces Renters Warehouse's Founder & Chairman, Brenton Hayden As An EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™  »

June 16, 2014 at 4:40AM PDT | Source: Renters Warehouse®

2014 Award Winner in the Upper Midwest
Minnetonka, MN (PRWEB) June 13, 2014 - Ernst and Young announced on June 11th, 2014 that Brenton Hayden, Founder and Chairman of Renters Warehouse is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award Winner in the Upper Midwest. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Brenton was selected as the winner of this prestigious award, with many members of his Renters Warehouse family in attendance.
Hayden, was thrilled to be a finalist for the award, but now feels honor and complete bliss over what he says is one of the biggest award wins in his career...

IHG® Announces Holiday Inn Express® Istanbul – Halkali Near Istanbul International Airport »

June 12, 2014 at 11:33AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

June 12, 2014 // // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's largest hotel companies has announced the signing of Holiday Inn Express® Istanbul – Halkali. The hotel, due to open in 2014, will be the first internationally branded limited service hotel near Istanbul International Airport.
The 110-room hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with Liv Yapi Gayrimenkul Yatirim. The property, overlooking the main street on the Basin Express Highway, will feature a number of meeting rooms and the brand's signature Great Room, where guests can enjoy a complimentary Express Start® breakfast.
The hotel's excellent location near Istanbul International Airport is easily accessible to both business and leisure guests looking for a comfortable yet affordable night's stay...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Accelerates Footprint In Malaysia »

June 12, 2014 at 7:29AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Four Points by Sheraton Puchong to Open in 2014, Followed by Le Méridien Putrajaya in 2015
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - June 12, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced it has signed an agreement with IOI Properties Group to manage two hotels – Four Points by Sheraton Puchong and Le Méridien Putrajaya, slated to open in the fall of 2014 and 2015, respectively. These two new hotels will add 599 rooms to Starwood’s robust portfolio in the country and reflect Starwood’s desire to expand into the fast growing districts of Malaysia. Puchong and Putrajaya are part of the Klang Valley area, which includes Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs and adjoining cities and towns in the state of Selangor...

SuperShuttle Launches Summer Lifts – Summer Vacation Sale »

June 11, 2014 at 11:07AM PDT | Source: SuperShuttle

PHOENIX – June 2, 2014 -  SuperShuttle, the nation's largest shared-ride service to and from over 40 airports in the US, Mexico and Europe, is giving summer vacation travelers a break by offering 10% discounts on total fare for airport transfers booked between June 2 through August 31, 2014. The Summer Sale is available system-wide including SuperShuttle's newest service cities in Las Vegas and Boston, plus its newly branded operation in Cancun, Mexico. For offer details, visit
This special offer makes SuperShuttle the least expensive option for traveling this summer, and travel on SuperShuttle also allows customers to earn airline points and miles on participating carriers including; Delta Air Lines SkyMiles®, Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns®, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards, United Airlines MileagePlus® and US Airways Dividend Miles® programs...

CruiseOne® Sells Out 2014 National Conference Aboard Regal Princess »

June 11, 2014 at 8:54AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Annual Conference is Largest Ever and Will Feature Dynamic Speakers
June 11, 2014 // // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – CruiseOne®, which is part of leading cruise retailer World Travel Holdings (WTH), has announced that its 2014 National Conference aboard the brand new Regal Princess, has officially sold out. The weeklong conference taking place from Nov. 9 – 16, 2014, will feature diverse, motivational guest speakers who will set the tone and energize attendees for fun-filled, educational days at sea.
More than 900 people are registered to attend this year's National Conference, fittingly themed GROWTH, with several people still on a waiting list. This year's event surpasses attendance records from previous years, with 20 percent more people attending than in year's past...

IHG® Signs Its First Holiday Inn® Hotel In Belarus »

June 11, 2014 at 8:41AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn

June 11, 2014 // // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's largest hotel companies, has announced the signing of the first Holiday Inn® hotel in Belarus: Holiday Inn® Minsk. Due to open in 2016, the new build property will operate under a franchise agreement with Hospitality Group LLC.
Holiday Inn Minsk will also feature the brand's signature Open Lobby. The Holiday Inn Open Lobby takes a unique approach to the in-hotel experience for guests, which has transformed the traditional hotel lobby format by combining the front desk, lobby, restaurant, bar, lounge area and business centre into one open, cohesive space, while refreshing the design to give it a more contemporary feel. The Open Lobby has been established by understanding how people use space at home in order to give guests the most flexibility, whether they're looking to eat, relax, work, or have fun in one integrated space...

Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort Completes First Phase Of Multi Million Dollar Renovation »

June 11, 2014 at 7:22AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

With an Investment of US $50 Million during this Initial Phase, Starwood Enhances its Portfolio in Latin America's Largest Economy
Rio's Sole Beachfront Hotel Unveils Comprehensive Redesign to Guestrooms, Restaurants, Bars and Public Areas
RIO DE JANEIRO - June 11, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort, the city's only beachfront hotel, has finished the first phase of a comprehensive renovation. In the last two years, Starwood invested US$50 million to restore this asset, which is an iconic property in Latin America's largest market. The landmark hotel boasts a newly designed lobby, fully remodeled guestrooms and suites, a brand-new Shine Spa, a completely renovated Sheraton Fitness Center, as well as new restaurants and bars, including L'Etoile under the leadership of renowned French chef and restaurateur Jean Paul Bondoux...

Hot Opportunities

Pet Supplies Plus Franchise Opportunity

Pet Supplies Plus
With over twenty-five years of successful retail franchise experience and...

Doc Popcorn Franchise Opportunity

Doc Popcorn
Doc Popcorn is revolutionizing the way people snack in high-traffic...

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich Shops Franchise Opportunity

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich Shops
Jimmy John's franchise success is built upon an unyielding commitment to...

Oxi Fresh Franchise Opportunity

Oxi Fresh
OXI FRESH is a GREEN Carpet Cleaning Franchise and one of Entrepreneur's...

Archadeck Franchise Opportunity

Archadeck is proud to be North America's leading designer and builder of...

Request Information
Sylvan Learning Center Franchise Opportunity

Sylvan Learning Center
Sylvan Learning, America's #1 provider of supplemental education services.

Minuteman Press International Franchise Opportunity

Minuteman Press International
Minuteman Press has been the leader in the printing & graphics...

Bricks 4 Kidz Franchise Opportunity

Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz provides project-based programs designed to teach principles...


The Franchise Buzz:

A Franchise Update Media Group Production Franchise Update Media Group | P.O. Box 20547 // San Jose, CA 95160 // PH. (408) 402-5681
Copyright © 2001 - 2014. All Rights Reserved. Site Hosting Provided By: wishVPS on FUMG3
Your Request List:
No Opportunities Saved